Desjardins Entrepreneurship Prizes - Applications accepted from interested businesses until November 30

    LEVIS, QC, Oct. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Group launched the call for
candidates for the Desjardins Entrepreneurship Prizes. Awarded by Fondation
Desjardins, these prizes recognize and showcase the achievements of
outstanding entrepreneurs and businesses in Québec and Ontario.
    Businesses have until November 30 to submit their entries to their
caisse, business centre or Desjardins subsidiary with which they do business.
The program consists of four categories:

    International Commerce Prize: In collaboration with Export Development
    Canada, this prize recognizes a strategy specifically designed for
    international trade development.

    Sustainable Development Prize: In collaboration with Bell Canada, this
    prize is awarded to businesses that demonstrate effective management,
    sound governance and socially responsible leadership.

    Young Entrepreneur Prizes: In collaboration with the Québec government's
    Secrétariat à la jeunesse, as part of the Youth Entrepreneurship
    Challenge program, these prizes are awarded to young entrepreneurs
    between the ages of 18 and 35 who stand out for their creativity,
    achievements and contribution to work creation.

    Business Ownership Transfer Prize: In collaboration with Samson
    Bélair/Deloitte & Touche, this prize is awarded to a business that has
    made a successful business transfer.

    Nomination for Desjardins Entrepreneurship Prize enhances the business'
reputation and credibility to the public and to the business world. It also
promotes the business and contributes to increasing employee commitment. Media
visibility worth over $40,000 is also gained.
    Applications will be assessed by a jury composed of leaders in the
business and university sectors, according to the selection criteria for each
prize. Desjardins Entrepreneurship Prizes will be awarded in April 2008 at two
public events which are to be held in Montréal and Québec.
    To submit an application or obtain further details on the prizes, go to

    About Desjardins Group

    Desjardins Group is the largest integrated cooperative financial group in
Canada, with overall assets of more than $143 billion, as at June 30, 2007. It
comprises a network of caisses, credit unions and business centres in Québec
and Ontario, and some twenty subsidiary companies in life and general
insurance, securities brokerage, venture capital and asset management, many of
which are active across the country. Drawing on the expertise of its
40,000 employees and the commitment of nearly 6,800 elected officers,
Desjardins offers its 5.8 million individual and corporate members and clients
a full range of financial products and services. Its physical distribution
network is complemented by leading-edge virtual access methods. To find out
more, consult

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For further information: (for journalists only): Nathalie Genest,
Advisor, Information and Media Relations, (514) 281-7275, 1 866-866-7000, ext.

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